IAN Holloway believes "the structure must be right" at Millwall before he can contemplate doing any deals in the January transfer window.
Holloway admits he is likely to buy and sell players this month but his first priority is to appoint a number two.
"I need some help coming in," he said. "I'll be looking at that first before I bring players in because the structure has got to be right.
"Without structure there's no conveyor belt to produce what you're looking for."
The Lions will play an inter-squad friendly against each other at the club's training ground on Tuesday as Holloway bids to assess every player at his disposal.
"I will have a look first at who I didn't pick on Saturday," he said. "I am going to see all of them today and we'll see after that how many signings we might need.
"We might have to move one or two out because the balance isn't right.
"I'll be honest with people, that is all you can be, and then hopefully bring someone in that might make all the difference and before you know it things will be feeling better."
Last weekend, Holloway was reminded of the impact a new signing can make when Nahki Wells, Huddersfield Town's big-money buy, stepped off the bench to score the winner.
"They signed Wells, he lifted them and got the winning goal," Holloway said. "Maybe without him they wouldn't have won the game."
"Is £1.2million cheap these days? If it is, there's something wrong with the bloody world but that's a fantastic signing.
"He's a wonderful lad and I like the little fella [Duane Holmes] they brought on as well.
"How outrageous is it that we're now saying that amount of money is [a good deal], and he's from a League One team! Where are we going with all of this?
"The minute some of these top players start getting £250,000-a-week and are worth as much as £80million, what sort of attitude will they have? I'm very old school."
Even though Millwall suffered a last-minute defeat in Holloway's first game in charge, the 50-year-old believes his new charges will be better for the experience.
"I even enjoyed the goal because it taught me that the lads didn't know about pressing the midfield line," he said.
"If you're in a war and you let them breach your backline, you're in trouble aren't you?
"What are the frontline doing? You used to have archers and cavalry and it's all about where you put them – read the Battle of Agincourt.
"I've always had the mentality of being outnumbered.
"I've never had the chance to have all the horses and bigger numbers like some managers have – they just walk in and get the Tottenham job, and that doesn't happen to me.
"I'm completely in my element here because I feel I can get a spirit going here that will be so strong that it will be hard for anyone else to take us on."
Right back Paul Connolly yesterday left The Den after his short-term deal expired, while former West Brom defender Gabriel Tamaș has been linked with a move to the Lions.